Nekkid striker !!! (good for a laugh )
Ok...I have gotten rid of my striker extreme.
Before I throw this POS into the -fire ( ;) ) , I thought I'd share some pics of the striker sans heatsinks......
First shot ; heatsinks off , right after Iso bath ;
No wonder it doesnt f'in work.....What a pathetic job on the thermal compound.
Rubber thermal pads for Vregs ? wtf !!
Totally nekkid , battery nearly external .....
foam pads is to protect the chip from cracking when the heatpipe is put on.
They use very little and very crappy TIM paste.
Its why on my IP35 I ripped off the heatsink and put some MX-2 down.
No they are not foam pads.They are rubber.Specifically , they are Sarcon TIM more than likely.
And it's not to prevent chipping.It really is thermal interface material.
You're probably correct about it being the cheapest compound out there , but too little of it isnt an issue :haha:
It's hard to see , but if yah look at the pic of the heatsinks , you can still see the thermal goop on the northy and southy heatsinks.It's probably 1 millimeter thick ! there's probably enough of it to mount 25 cpu's.
For shame Asus !!
On a side note , the day I got my maximus , I tried to redo the heatsinks.It looks like they have done a better job . the northy heatsink is actually epoxied on with thermal epoxy.
It is the same stuff that is used on many VGA RAM chips. Rubber like texture but it is good for transferring heat.
From what I've seen you can peel of pretty much any stock heatsink on GPU memory, north bridges, southbridges, mosfets, and you'll see glops of haphazardly applied cheap TIM or rubber strips. I would automatically pop them off and replace it with good material, although with mosfets and GPU heatsinks, the thickness of the stock TIM serves and important purpose which is to compensate for the fact that the surface of all the modulesa re not level, and a thin layer of arctic silver might prevent proper contact with the heatsink at some points.
Hey, we're kinda getting off topic here! When are you gonna show us how you are going to destroy the Striker???
my xfx 680i (both of them) had that crap all over too...instantly replaced with ceramique.
cant wait to see what happens to this thing *rubs hands together evilly again*
I believe every mobo or GFX I have had in the last 10 years has been like this, as you stated the first thing I do is replace with either AS5 or Ceramique
I notice that the Vregs used on this board are small when compared to newer boards without one of these big honking "full board" heatpipes..... Does this mean that the use of a Vreg heatsink allows mobo manufacurers to cheap out on the beefier components they need without a bigA$$ heatsink?
well, as devices get smaller yet have the same current going through them, they will have less surface area to dissipate the same thermal energy, so they will need a bigger heatsink in order to do that.
CPU's are getting smaller, yet they are not getting less powerful or lesser quality. If anything the new smaller components are higher quality. They will usually only make something smaller if they can do so with no loss in quality or performance.
If the voltage regulators weren't regulating as well as the old ones, they'd need to add even more components to help regulate, which would cost even more money than just using the good regulators in the first place.
I agree Asus cheaps out in a lot of places... but I really dont think the cpu's voltage regulators would be a good place to do so!
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